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Kluivert sets his sights on more after registering first AFC Bournemouth goal

Justin Kluivert was keen to take the positives after AFC Bournemouth exited the Carabao Cup.

Winger Justin Kluivert was “super happy” to get off the mark for AFC Bournemouth, despite his side exiting the Carabao Cup at the hands of Liverpool.

The Dutch forward headed in Alex Scott’s menacing corner to level the scores for the home side on 64 minutes, following Cody Gakpo’s first-half opener.

Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed a 2-1 triumph when Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez cut in on his right foot and whipped the ball past keeper Andrei Radu to book a place in the last eight.

But Kluivert, who opened his account on his ninth Cherries appearance, was eager to take the positives from an encouraging display.  

“I’m extremely proud of the lads,” he told afcbTV. “We fought to the end and, unfortunately, they got the better hand with a great goal for 2-1.

“But I’m very happy with the performance of the guys.”

Kluivert, son of legendary Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, joined AFC Bournemouth from Serie A outfit Roma back in June.

Quizzed about his inaugural goal for the Dorset club, the 24-year-old replied: “I am super happy for that.

“We had to wait on that a while but I am happy that it came and I am looking forward to scoring a lot more.

“We can take a lot of positive things. Some things we have to work on but that’s every game you know?

“But a lot of positive things and, with a good mindset, we can head to the next game.”

Cherries make the trip to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm).


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